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Drugs to abet cancer cells suicide found

British scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells -- paving the way for new treatments.

Another Burkina Faso army officer claims power

Burkina Faso’s senior military officer Isaac Zida, who was in command of the presidential guard, Saturday announced via a televised speech that he has seized power as head of state during the interim period.

One dies as spacecraft explodes in US

One person was killed and another badly injured when Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo exploded over southern California’s Mojave Desert after takeoff on a test flight, the California Highway Patrol said.

J.K. Rowling reveals details about story characters

British author Joanne Kathleen Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" series, has revealed previously undisclosed background details of the saga’s characters on her website, Pottermore, media reported.

UN chief urges youth to embrace ICT

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday called on the youth to embrace the use of Information and Community Technology (ICT) to help tackle emerging development challenges.

Court reserves order in Musharraf’s high treason case

A special court here Friday reserved judgement on dismissing the high treason case against Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf and others till Nov 21.

Sit-ins delayed building powerhouses: Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday blamed sit-ins for delaying the construction of powerhouses in the country

Israel’s Temple Mount reopens amid tension

Israeli police Friday reopened a key Jerusalem holy site after its closure amid tension following the shooting of a Jewish activist.

China pledges financial aid to Afghanistan

China Friday pledged to provide a non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan ($81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year, authorities said.

Jailed reporter’s family urges Iran to release him

The family of Washington Post’s Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian, held without charges in Iran for more than 100 days, has called on Tehran to set him free.

Russia, Ukraine agree on gas supplies

Russia, Ukraine, and the European Commission (EC) have signed an agreement on gas supply and transit conditions until March 2015, media reported Friday.

Indian-origin US student in Fiji court for Facebook intimidation

An Indian-origin US student appeared in a Fiji court for luring a Fijian girl into sending her explicit photos and then intimidating her, media reported Thursday.

Mehndi on hands, Indo-Trinidadian girl back in class

The mehndi remains on the hands of this girl in Trinidad and Tobago, yet she was allowed to return to class.

Iraqi Peshmerga starts entering Syria’s Kobane

A total of 10 Peshmerga fighters crossed the Turkish borders into Syria’s predominantly Kurdish town of Kobane Thursday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Bonds with pets make military kids resilient

Strong attachments with pets may help children from military families develop resilience and other positive developmental traits, shows a research.

Robots to incorporate bird running techniques

With an eye toward building better running robots, researchers analysed some of nature’s most energy efficient animals - running birds.

US

US approves first vaccine against dangerous meningitis strain

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first vaccine against meningitis B following outbreaks in several college campuses over the past year.

Navy SEAL who killed Bin Laden to reveal his identity

A former member of the US’s elite Navy SEALs who killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden will reveal his identity in a documentary to be shown next month on the Fox News channel, the company has announced.

Nidaa Tounes party wins most seats in Tunisia elections

The Nidaa Tounes, a liberal party, won most seats in Tunisia’s legislative elections held Sunday, capturing 85 of the total 217 seats in the country’s new parliament

Suspicious cyber activity detected on White House network

The White House has detected suspicious cyber activity on one of its computer systems in the Executive Office of the President (EOP) where US President Barrack Obama’s most important officials work.

Zambian President Michael Sata dies in London

Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London where he was receiving medical treatment for the past week, government sources told Zambian media Wednesday

Indian-American seeks election to Illinois House

Most Indian-Americans vote for the Democratic Party and contest elections on that platform. Bucking this trend, an Indian-American is contesting for the Illinois House of Representatives as a Republican.

US executes gang member of Mexican descent for triple murder

The US state of Texas has executed Miguel Paredes, a gang member of Mexican descent, for the murder of three members of a rival gang in San Antonio in 2000.

New Zealanders to get final vote on changing flag

New Zealand could have a new flag to replace its colonial-era ensign a couple of years and referendums later, Prime Minister John Key announced Wednesday.

Israeli military most powerful in Middle East, says study

Israel’s military is the most powerful in the Middle East, media reported quoting a study commissioned by Business Insider.

Morocco pledges support to UAE’s fight against terrorism

The Moroccan foreign ministry, in line with the directives of King Mohammed VI, said that the kingdom would provide active support to the United Arab Emirates

Indian-origin taxi driver jailed in Britain for sex attack

An Indian-origin taxi driver has been jailed in Britain for a sex attack on a young woman passenger while she was drinking.

Indian-origin family found dead in Britain

An Indian-origin family of four has been found dead at a home in Britain’s Bradford city in a suspected murder and suicide incident.

Woman Saves Indian From Bangladeshis’ Captivity in Bahrain

An Indian, allegedly tortured and held hostage in Bahrain by five Bangladeshis for a paltry BHD800 ransom (about $2,000)

IPCC opens meeting to finalise climate change report

Copenhagen, Oct 28 The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened a meeting here Monday to finalise the Synthesis Report, the last stage of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

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